Bullfighting - Where does it originate?
In most peoples eyes bullfighting is to be associated exclusively with Spain. However the truth
is that to a varying extent bullfighting can also be found in some regions of Portugal, France and even Mexico across the Atlantic Ocean. Yet for all this it seems that considering the world
in general, bullfighting has a fairly limited geography. But what then unites the countries that do share a common passion for bullfighting? What is the common link that has led them to
this shared heritage?
Although there have been many words written as to the true origins of bullfighting it is clear
that whatever the truth we have in bullfighting something of a ceremonial ritual that seems to be of very great antiquity. Now some observers believe this background of a shared passion goes
back further than anyone has ever dared imagine. They believe it to originate on the lost island of Atlantis. Whether you believe this island existed or not, the fact is that over the
millennia the notion of Atlantis has captivated the imagination of countless writers mystics and adventurers. For further details on this see our special topic on the subject.
According to Plato, Atlantis existed immediately westwards of the Pillars of Hercules. That is
immediately opposite the coastline of those nations for whom bullfighting is a firm tradition. Even more revealing is the fact that according to Plato the hunting and killing of bulls was
fundamental to Atlantean worship. In Plato’s own words:
“There were in the Temple of Poseidon bulls roaming at large. The ten kings after praying to
the God that they might secure a sacrifice that would please him entered alone and started a hunt for a bull, using clubs and nooses but no metal weapon; and when they caught him they cut his
throat over the top of the pillar so that the blood flowed over the inscription.”
We see then that the hunting of bulls was fundamental to the most solemn of Atlantean
ceremonies. Strange then that the only countries in the modern world that keep alive the tradition of bullfighting are exactly those that look out towards where Atlantis is once said to have
As if this was not enough we find yet further connections. For these same countries are also
passionate for their love of fine horses and horsemanship. Significantly Plato tells us these were also qualities deeply revered on Atlantis. Indeed the inner sanctum of the island, which
rested on a concentrically arranged ring of islands possessed a "special course for horse racing."
From the above accounts we can plainly see how both the emblem of the bull and the horse
were deeply etched into the symbolism and practice of Atlantean worship - a symbolism still very much alive and duly celebrated in the Iberian love of equestrian sports and bull fighting.
Did Atlantis really exist?
See this special site dedicated solely to the Atlantis Mystery.
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